Ernest T. Bass offers to sing a traditional Southern folk song called "Eatin Goober Peas". Goober peas is Southern slang for peanuts (which the English called "groundnuts" or "monkey nuts"). Today, the chocolate-covered peanut candy Goobers derives its trademark from this slang term.
Briscoe: Well, it'll probably be a while 'fore Ernest T. Bass comes along. Did you bring your stringin' instrument, Sheriff?
Andy: Uh, I didn't think we'd have time for any music.
Briscoe: Got time to breathe, ya got time for music. (picks up a guitar) How many strings you used to?
Andy: Well, there's six on my guitar.
Briscoe: Well, here's one with five. Just kinda let that thumb hang free and enjoy the music.
Dud: Hey, how 'bout playin' Never Hit Your Grandma With A Great Big Stick?
Charlene: No, Dud, that one makes me cry.
(Briscoe Darling is waiting for Andy & Barney when they come into the courthouse)
Briscoe: Well, there's this fella up home: Ernest T. Bass. He just don't take to Dud and Charlene bein' married.
Andy: Well, it's all legal and everything. I give you a copy of the marriage certificate and kept a copy here for my files.
Briscoe: I know that. But that doesn't signify with Ernest T. Bass. He keeps botherin' Charlene... yellin' in the night... throwin' rocks through the windows.
Andy: Well, can't you and your boys handle it?
Briscoe: Well, we thought about killin' him – kinda hated to go that far.
Barney: Oh, it's a wise man that knows it's illegal to take the law into one's own hands.
Briscoe: Is he arguin' with me?
Andy: He's agreein' with you.
Briscoe: Just so's I know where I stand.
(Andy, Briscoe and Barney confront Ernest T. Bass; he runs away)
Andy: If you ask me, this Ernest T. Bass is a strange and weird character.
Briscoe: Just plain ornery is what he is.
Barney: I think he's a nut.
(Andy & Barney are at the Darlings cabin; Dud comes in)
Briscoe: Did you tell Ernest T. Bass the sheriff was lookin' for him?
Dud: Well, I couldn't find him, Mr. Darling. His cousin said he went off into the woods to kill a mockingbird.
Andy: That don't sound like a very nice person.
Briscoe: One of the worst we got.
(Andy & Barney agree to come up and handle Ernest T. Bass)
Briscoe: You better travel by daylight. It gets kinda rough after you cross the Robert E. Lee Natural Bridge.
Andy: We'll get a early start.
Barney: I won't even go home tonight. I'll sleep right here.
Briscoe: I'll expect you tomorrow. (he starts out the door)
Andy: We'll see ya.
Barney: Adios amigo.
Briscoe: (to Andy) He one of ours?
Briscoe: (to Barney) More power to ya.
Andy: I'll see ya. (Briscoe leaves)
Barney: Robert E. Lee Natural Bridge? I don't believe I ever heard of that.
Andy: It's a oak tree that fell across a shallow spot in the creek.
Dud (referring to Ernest T.): His cousin said he went off into the woods to kill a mockingbird.
Dud is alluding to both the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harper Lee novel about murder in the American South, To Kill A Mockingbird (1960), and the 1962 Oscar Award-winning film of the same name starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Atticus gives his son (Jem) a rifle, telling him "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." As their neighbor, Miss Maudie, explained to Jem's sister, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up peoples gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird".
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